In conjunction with PBS&J, Mintier Harnish managed a multi-disciplinary consulting team in a comprehensive update of the City of Sacramento General Plan and preparation of a Master EIR. Guiding themes, including quality and character of place, smart growth, green-house gases/global warming, technology, healthy cities, economy, and sustainability, set the framework for achieving the City’s vision to be the most livable city in America. The 2030 General Plan sets a new direction for the future of the city. It represents a dramatic change in direction for Sacramento growth and development, looking inward to existing neighborhoods, centers, districts, and corridors. It uses a land use and urban form system based on placemaking principles that guide the physical form and character of each area of the city. The Plan identifies growth and change areas, and promotes development of the city in a sustainable fashion to provide for existing and future needs. It focuses on the unique challenges facing the city and region, including: growing smarter, making great places, maintaining a vibrant economy, creating a healthy city, reducing carbon footprint, and developing a sustainable future. In 2009 the Sacramento General Plan won the APA Sacramento Valley Section Comprehensive Planning Award for a Large Jurisdiction, and the APA California award under the same category. (Photo Credit: Michael Zwhalen)